Call for 2016 Pollinator Advocate and Agricultural Pollinator Conservation Awards

Pollinator Advocates understand just how important pollinators are to food, culture, and life. They have taken that extra step to help out the birds, bees, butterflies, moths, and bats that support agriculture and ecosystems everywhere. NAPPC, through its recognition and appreciation of Pollinator Advocates, encourages their activities and hopes to catalyze future actions on behalf of pollinators. Each year the awards are given in Canada, the United States, and Mexico supporting all of the work that goes into protecting North American pollinator populations. Winners of the Pollinator Advocate Awards will be recognized at a VIP reception opening the 16th Annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Conference hosted at USDA-APHIS in Riverdale, Maryland, or in their hometown if they are unable to attend.

Nominations are due by Friday August 12th 2016

Pollinator Advocate Award

The Pollinator Advocate Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have contributed significantly to pollinator species protection and conservation and to public education, resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollination.

Click here for nomination form (US, Canada, Mexico)

Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award

The Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award recognizes the unique contributions that members of the agricultural community make to pollinator where they are needed most – supporting our food supply. 

Click here to nominate a US farmer or rancher To nominate a Canadian farmer or rancher in English click here To nominate a Canadian farmer or rancher in French click here

Pollinator Advocate Award Winners

2015 Pollinator Award Winners

  • Jode Roberts - Homegrown National Park Project, David Suzuki Foundation

    The NAPPC-NACD Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to pollinator protection, conservation, and issue outreach resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollination within the agricultural community. This special award sheds light on the contributions of American farmers to natural and cultural resource preservation.

  • Phyllis Stiles - Bee City USA

    A few years back Phyllis Stiles identified an obstacle – or a hive made of red tape – that was making it not only difficult, but illegal in some cases, to support honey bees and other pollinators in cities.  Some municipalities had bylaws excluding bees. Launched in 2012, the Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. Cities, towns and communities across America are invited to make these commitments and become certified as a Bee City USA affiliate. Phyllis, the bees thank you!

    beecityusa.org

  • Emma Gomez-Ruiz - Texas A&M University

    Implementing on-the-ground conservation in the real world where people, policy, economics, and environments interact requires a deeper understanding of the human component that can make or break a program.  Emma Gomez-Ruiz struck the right balance with her work on the Mexican long-nose bat. Not only is her work reaching across political and regulatory boundaries as she uncovers the keys to conserving nesting habitats for pollinating bats – she’s also been able to get the attention of party goers and happy hour aficionados because without bats there won’t be any tequila. Salud Emma!

    biodiversity.tamu.edu/people/students/featured/gomez-ruiz/

  • Don Knezick - Pinelands Nursery & Supply

    Back in the early 80s Don started doing something revolutionary and he hasn’t stopped. Pinelands Nursery & Supply started growing, selling, and distributing native plants to gardeners and for restoration programs throughout the Mid Atlantic. Going native seems commonplace today, but that wasn’t always the case. Don’s dedication to research and outreach showcasing the role that native plants could play in ecosystem restoration has helped create countless acres of pollinator habitat. We are excited to see those flowers continue to grow Don!

    pinelandsnursery.com

  • David Ainslie - Golderod Farms

    A veteran of pollinator conservation before it was popular David has been working to restore natural biodiversity and pollinator populations on his farm for over 30 years. His beautiful, and now famous, Carolinian woodlot is the flagship of this conservation work, right next to his extensive corn and soy operation, showcasing how farming and ecosystem stewardship need not be mutually exclusive. Davis wasn’t born a farmer, he chose this vocation later in life showing us all that you can get back to your roots and shoots. Thanks for choosing to farm for us and for the bees David!

    erca.org/40conservation-champions/david-ainslie/

  • Congressman Jeff Denham - 10th District, California

    Special Pollinator Advocate awards are just that – special. In today’s world of partisan politics consensus support across party lines is becoming an endangered species. We would like to honor the dedication of Congressman Jeff Denham for his service on the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus and his leadership role in forwarding pollinator conservation efforts both federally and locally in his home state of California. Congressman Denham’s role on the Natural Resources and Agriculture committee keeps him connected to supporting the bees that help bring food to our tables. Thank you for a job well-done Congressman Denham!

    denham.house.gov/issue/agriculture

2014 Pollinator Farmer-Rancher Awards Winners

  • Sam and Heidi Heikes: Heikes Family Farm

    The NAPPC-NACD Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to pollinator protection, conservation, and issue outreach resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollination within the agricultural community. This special award sheds light on the contributions of American farmers to natural and cultural resource preservation.

    Sam Heikes and his daughter Heidi have been farming land that has been in their family since the 1900’s with a suitable model that puts the science of crop manage first. Sam Heikes has always worked with techniques that were developed through science and understanding of ecosystem functions and the way in which economics can make or break diversified farming systems. Sam’s motivation to support sustainable agriculture in the plains all started with sunflowers. Trained as an agronomist, Sam knew how to design cropping systems that were resilient to pests, produced high yields, and provided other ecological benefits. Within the wheat fields of South Dakota, efforts to improve crop yields and reduce pest infestations were being hampered by government programs that imposed production limits and crop restrictions. Sunflowers benefit wheat in many ways, and planting sunflowers after a wheat harvest would provide soil benefits and food to beneficial species like bees. Sam’s work with colleague Don Leiblow help to remove these restrictions was successful, and now South Dakota is the number one sunflower producer in the US – and sunflowers are helping to feed the bees by providing a pollen source.

    Read the full Press Release here.

  • Micheal, Laura, and Takota Coen: Alberta Forest Farmers

    The NAPPC-NACD Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to pollinator protection, conservation, and issue outreach resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollination within the agricultural community. This special award sheds light on the contributions of American farmers to natural and cultural resource preservation.

    Sam Heikes and his daughter Heidi have been farming land that has been in their family since the 1900’s with a suitable model that puts the science of crop manage first. Sam Heikes has always worked with techniques that were developed through science and understanding of ecosystem functions and the way in which economics can make or break diversified farming systems. Sam’s motivation to support sustainable agriculture in the plains all started with sunflowers. Trained as an agronomist, Sam knew how to design cropping systems that were resilient to pests, produced high yields, and provided other ecological benefits. Within the wheat fields of South Dakota, efforts to improve crop yields and reduce pest infestations were being hampered by government programs that imposed production limits and crop restrictions. Sunflowers benefit wheat in many ways, and planting sunflowers after a wheat harvest would provide soil benefits and food to beneficial species like bees. Sam’s work with colleague Don Leiblow help to remove these restrictions was successful, and now South Dakota is the number one sunflower producer in the US – and sunflowers are helping to feed the bees by providing a pollen source.

    Read the full Press Release here.

  • American Bee Project

    When it comes to pollination one often thinks of the excitement of the journey out to California to pollinate almonds in February – nearly 70% of US bees make it out there each year.  A beekeeper’s work is often summarized as a mission to place bees from one crop to the next.  BUT the real work and the incredible effort of beekeepers that provide pollination services (known in the industry as Pollinators) is to keep the bees going the rest of the year. Honey bees require proper nutrition gained through a diverse and abundant diet of mixed flowers and crops to be healthy – and they need this sort of food throughout the year. When bees aren’t in pollination contracts beekeepers want to place them in areas of ample, clean (pesticide and chemical-free) forage. Unfortunately these areas aren’t always present, and when they are they aren’t always available to the bees. As with native and wild bees, a lack of habitat is the leading factor impacting the health and viability of honey bees.

    Read the full Press Release here.

  • Sustaible.TO Architecture + Building

    The Pollinator Advocate Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to pollinator protection, conservation, and issue outreach resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollination. This year Sustaible.TO Architecture + Building is the distinguished recipient of the Pollinator Advocate Award for Canada for helping to give bees in need which need a place to rest indeed.

    The loss of habitat is the main driving factor in pollinator decline, but lost habitat can be replaced by planting for pollinators and by building homes for bees. Flowers are just one part of the habitat equation for bees – a place to raise a family the other. In urban areas many of the natural places that bees might nest are unavailable, concrete covers soil, woodlots are cleared, and bees lack places to make their homes. Sustainable.TO heard the call to action and switched roles from human architect to bee developer, built five splendid bee condos that debuted across the GTA in June. Architects and interns learned how to think like a bee and put pollination biology in first place when developing these fashionable but functional designs. The flagship bee condo on the roof of the Fairmont Hotel in Toronto has drawn many visitors and helps spread the word on helping the bees.

    Read the full Press Release here.

  • Dr. Pablo Jaramillo

    Pablo Jaramillo has seeded the soil for successful monarch conservation in Mexico. For this reason he has been honoured as the recipient of the 2014 Pollinator Advocate Award for Mexico. Dr. Jaramillo’s work protects monarch from the base of their habitat – the soil that sustains the trees which provide overwintering habitat for hundreds of thousands of butterflies in the Oyamel Fir Forests of Mexico.

    Dr. Jaramillo works with local community members through the Monarch Butterfly Fund to protect and preserve monarch habitats by ensuring the viability of communities and ecosystems surrounding these forests. Rather than erecting barriers and preventing locals from interacting with the landscapes that support monarchs, Dr. Jaramillo works with local to support the natural function of the forest. He works with the community to transform marginal agricultural land back into productive forest using mini-grants. To his credit, more than 30 hectares of forest have begun to regenerate to monarch habitat – quite a feat when only 0.67 hectares (1.65 acres) were occupied by monarchs last year during the lowest migration numbers yet.

    Read the full Press Release here.

2013 Pollinator Farmer-Rancher Awards Winners


  • Bryan and Cathy Gilvesy: Y U Ranch, Tilsonburg ON

    The Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to pollinator protection, conservation, and issue outreach resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollination within the agricultural community. This special award is co-sponsored by Pollinator Partnership Canada and the Canadian Federation for Agriculture.

    Bryan Gilvesy, and his wife Cathy, started farming tobacco in Norfolk County in 1979. A declining tobacco market signaled the move to cattle ranching. They have been raising Texas Longhorns for over fifteen years. A sustainable land ethic always governed their operation, but in 2008 Bryan attended a Pollination Guelph symposium where they learned about the importance of providing pollinator habitat on farms and other areas. That year, they put in a 2000 ft pollinator hedgerow and bee nesting habitat. Beef doesn’t require pollination, but the additional on-site and off-site benefits and ecosystem services provided by bees, butterflies, moths, and beetles, improve the local ecology. Things just seem to run better, and this translates into food that just tastes and feels better.

  • Josiah and Valer Austin: El Coronado Ranch and Cuenca de los Ojos

    The NAPPC-NACD Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to pollinator protection, conservation, and issue outreach resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollination within the agricultural community. This special and new award, presented for the first time this year, sheds light on the contributions of American farmers to natural and cultural resource preservation.

    Pollinators are high on the radar for Josiah and Valer Austin who have been farming and ranching for pollinators for over a decade. The Austin’s are working toward sustainable models of conservation and productivity in cattle production with managed grazing. Their goal is to promote sustainable ranching both in the United States and Mexico, ranching that feeds the industry and supports local ecosystems. When managed correctly, reduced grazing can have dramatic positive effects on the diversity of pollinators. The Austin’s have promoted their pollinator grazing system on their properties in Arizona, Texas, Montana, and Northern Mexico, where they also encourage pollinators by planting pollinator-attractive vegetation and increasing nesting habitat. Their participation in monitoring and documenting the diversity of pollinators on their properties has established a valuable baseline for pollinator dynamics in semi-natural environments.

  • Alderville First Nation

    Pollinators support local ecosystems, and these ecosystems support our culture. Living apart from nature often makes us forget that they way we speak, the foods we eat, the art we produce, and the culture we have came to us from our natural surrounding. This fundament fact is at the root of the cultural and landscape preservation carried out by the Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna. A simple action back in 2002, the seeding of crop land with native species, has returned and revived not only a local landscape but an ecosystem. Today it flourishes with partnerships: plants and people, plants and pollinators. Sharing the landscape and working together to support community is embodied in this program.

  • Virginia Webb

    Pollinators support local ecosystems, and these ecosystems support our culture. Living apart from nature often makes us forget that they way we speak, the foods we eat, the art we produce, and the culture we have came to us from our natural surrounding. This fundament fact is at the root of the cultural and landscape preservation carried out by the Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna. A simple action back in 2002, the seeding of crop land with native species, has returned and revived not only a local landscape but an ecosystem. Today it flourishes with partnerships: plants and people, plants and pollinators. Sharing the landscape and working together to support community is embodied in this program.

  • Roque Arroyo Rodríguez

    Roque Arroyo Rodríguez has rediscovered the lost art of keeping stingless bees and is playing a key role in their local conservation in Puebla, Mexico. The traditional practice of stingless beekeeping, or meliponiculture, dates back to Mayan times, but has significantly declined over the past few decades and is a cultural aspect that is at risk of disappearing. Stingless bees produce sweet, light honey from native forest plant species. Their honey is valued both nutritionally and medicinally and can provide a viable income source to stingless beekeepers. In 2006 Roque Arroyo Rodríguez develop a local stingless beekeeping cooperative, Texochco Sentekitini, in Sierra Norte de Puebla, México. The Texochco Sentekitini cooperative has twelve members that keep bees, and has grown so much that contract pollination services can be provided to growers of local fruits. This all generates income that can support families and the community. Roque and Texochco Sentekitini are proving the value of pollinator conservation and management in Mexico.

  • Louie Schwartzberg: Wings of Life

    In 2011, Director Louie Schwartzberg composed a beautiful love story that is in danger. Pollinators and plants have evolved over millions of years to be codependent. Our future depends on this love story between the flowers and pollinators because more than 90% of our food wouldn’t make it to our plate without them and nearly every terrestrial landscape would senesce. In Wings of Life, Louie Schwartzberg presented this message of our total dependence on pollinators with splendor and grace. Audiences were stunned by the beauty and came away with a deeper understanding of why we need to protect these natural resources. The Paul Growald Media Award is a special award that is not presented every year. Pollinator Partnership awards this honor only when a Pollinator Advocate uses power of media to support pollinators. Wings of Life is a true representation of how powerful a deeper look at plants and their pollinators can, acting as a global call to action for their conservation.

2012 Winners

  • Carol Dunk, Master Gardener

    Carol Dunk began putting wildflowers in unusual places to make trips along the highway a little more appealing, and from that Roadsides was born. The first Pollinator Patch was planted by Carol and others in her hometown of Barrie, Ontario, in May of 2010, and serves as an example of what can be done by a small group of volunteers. This small step pollinated a network of roadside plantings that are transforming the transportation corridors of Southern Ontario.

    Click here to read more about her and the press release

  • Rodrigo Medellin, Ph.D.

    Heads the Program for the Conservation of Migratory Bats, a partnership between the Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, BIOCONCIENCIA, and EcoHealth Alliance.

    Like the inaudible chirps and clicks of the bat, the desperate need to protect these animals often goes unnoticed. For more then 25 years Dr. Rodrigo Medellin has been working to change that. As we mark the International Year of the Bat we celebrate Dr. Medellin’s career and commitment to the flying mammal that helps cactus fruit, controls insect populations, and fills cultural mythology.During his career Dr. Medellin founded and today heads the Program for the Conservation of Migratory Bats, a partnership between the Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, BIOCONCIENCIA, and EcoHealth Alliance.

    Click here to read more about him and the press release.

  • Isabella Rossellini, Actress

    Isabella Rossellini is receiving the honor for her short-film series advocacy campaign enlightened the life of bees and their struggles to survive. In 2012 Ms Rossellini released a series of short films in partnership with Burt’s Bees using social media as a vector for pollinator education. The voluptuous sovereign life of the Queen bee; the energetic and feisty lives of the work-bee sisters; the gluttonous and indulgent short life of the drone all captivated viewers.

    Click here to read more about her and the press release.

  • Don Ruzicka, Farmer

    The Ruzicka’s have been practicing sustainable farming since the mid 90’s, long before organic agriculture and ecologically functional farmscapes were popularized. Pollinators became a solid part of their conservation focus when cases of CCD started appearing south of the boarder in the United Sates and they became aware of the critical roles that pollinators play in agricultural systems. This plugged Don and Marie into the connection that all members of the agricultural community have with pollinators.

    Click here to read more about him and the press release.

  • Mark Wagonor, Farmer

    Mark Wagoner is a fourth generation farmer whose crops include alfalfa and the native solitary alkali bee, Nomia melanderi. Mark practices a unique style of holistic farming where care for the land brings in native pollinators to native crops. Sticking to his roots and making innovation out of tradition has made Wagoner Touchet Farms a place where native bees and production agriculture coexist.

    Click here to read more about him and the press release.

2011 Winners

  • Dra. M. Isabel Ramirez, Monarch Butterfly Fund Mexico

    For over a decade Dra. Isabel Ramirez has been supporting an epic migration that spans a continent. Dra. Ramirez has taken a lead role in promoting and protecting critical overwintering habitat for monarch butterflies in Mexico. Her work with local citizens has preserved habitat and has given both the monarch butterflies and the community a second chance. Dra. Ramirez’s conservation action is supported by her research into how local land use change impacts the local climate at the Monarch Butterfly Reserve in Mexico.

    Click here for press release

  • Clement Kent, Ph.D.: HSPT Pollinator Gardens Project

    Dr. Kent founded the Pollinator Gardens Project to educate gardeners and the public about how they could help create and conserve habitat for these important species using native plants. This past year Dr. Kent envisioned and designed an indoor pollinator garden that was on display at “Canada Blooms”, the largest Garden Show in Canada, showing just how motivated he is for this cause. Dr. Kent’s demonstration pollinator gardens have been seen by thousands of people and have sparked interest in garden and beekeeping groups in other cities that want to create their own pollinator gardens.

    Click here for press release

  • Pete and Laura Berthelsen

    Peter and Laura Berthelsen have taken steps to help pollinators on their land in Elba, Nebraska, creating not only habitat but also an outdoor education classroom where people from across the state can see firsthand just how important pollinator habitat is. As a result, many other landowners have begun planting pollinator habitat on their own property. Peter also helped secure many of the pollinator planting guidelines present in new Conservation Reserve Program across the United States, doing significant work in Washington DC to ensure that polliatnors remain a key concern for conservation programming. To this end Peter has served as a speaker at meetings across the country to help educate stakeholders and decision-makers about the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitat, working to help them use and implement Farm Bill provisions to better the landscape for pollinators.

    Click here for press release

  • Jimmy Brown: Energy United

    Jimmy Brown has worked to incorporate pollinator habitat development into the management practices of Energy United utility holdings in North Carolina, creating a network of potential pollinator habitat spanning more than 1000 miles. Brown and his staff have worked to educate their industry partners, stressing the importance of protecting and promoting the natural habitats for pollinators that run underneath overhead transmission wires and the positive impact that these small actions can have. Together Brown and his team are providing the community with an essential service, providing pollinators with essential habitat, and changing industry.

    Click here for press release

2010 Winners

  • Sabrina Malach

    Ms. Malach was the driving force behind the first ever Canadian Pollinator Week celebrated July 21 to July 26, 2010 across the city of Toronto. Pollinator Week activities included public lectures by Dr. Lawrence Parker, a global expert on bees; artistic instillations highlighting pollinator species; and guided pollinator safari tours in the Brickworks park lands. Visitors to the event took away more then just an appreciation for pollinators in the city – the learnt how they could become partners in a growing effort to conserve pollinating species in landscapes across North America. Ms. Malach is already working on plans for Pollinator Week 2011.

    Press Release for Sabrina Malach

  • Musée de l’abeille

    For the past 20 years, the Musée de l’abeille has been delighting and educating visitors on the importance of honey bees in our daily lives, in the livelihoods of our farmers, and in our local economies. This local institution has developed exhibits and tours that reach every age group. A unique element of the Musée de l’abeille is the focus on the economy of honey and honey products that lets visitors know just how connected they are to the work of bees. With over 25,000 visits a year, the Musée de l’abeille is making an impression on young and old.

    Press Release for Musee Abeille

  • Tammy Horn, Ph.D.

    Dr. Horn has worked for years with honey bees and has been a true advocate of their conservation and protection. Her recent efforts in Appalachian coal country with apiforestation has gained her this recognition. Dr. Horn has been able to work across disciplines and has brought together multiple stakeholders that often have divergent interests, all for the sake of honey bees. The practice of reclaiming coal mine lands by planting trees, shrubs and other vegetation and establishing healthy working “beeyards” is now in place and strong partnerships have been developed between unlikely parties.

    Press Release for Tammy Horn

  • Humberto Berlanga

    Mr. Berlanga has achieved ineradicable results in avian conservation within Mexico and for the first time has coordination national and international efforts for the conservation of important avian species and their habitats. Migratory pollinators that travel between Mexico and the United States and Canada have been a big focus of Mr. Berlanga. His work has set up monitoring and observation station along important migratory routes that will collect valuable data for future conservation and habitat protection.

    Press Release for Humberto Berlanga

  • Alcee L. Hasting, U.S. House of Representatives

    Representative Hastings has been a strong pollinator advocate and a true conservation leader, achieving the first-ever pollinator-specific provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill, which led to pollinator-beneficial initiatives in major conservation programs and research funding. In addition, Hastings has increased baseline funding for USDA, ARS pollinator research and for ongoing pollinator initiatives and funding in the USDA, NIFA competitive grants program. A lead voice in increasing pollinator awareness, Hastings co-chaired and co-founded the first-ever bipartisan Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus (CP2C) in 2010, and has been a strong supporter of local Pollinator Week activities in his home state of Florida. Representative Hastings has worked to provide researchers and land managers with the tools to protect and promote a valuable and irreplaceable natural resource.

    Press Release for Alcee Hastings

2009 Winners

  • Juan Francisco Ornelas, Ph.D: Instituto de Ecología A.C.

    Homer Woodward, Jasper Wyman and Son

    Sam Earnshaw: Community Alliance with Family Farmers

    Honorable Earl Blumenauer, U.S. House of Representatives

2008 Winners

  • José Sarakhan, Ph. D. UNAM

    Kevin Carver: Prince Edward Island

    Dave White: NRCS – Montana State Conservationist

2007 Winners

  • José Ignacio Cuadriello Aguilar: Universidad de Guadalajara

    Vicki Beard: City of Guelph, Ontario

    Jim Wiker, Illinois Natural History Survey

2006 Winners

  • Jim Dyer, Environment Canada

    Francisco Molina, Ph.D.: National University of Mexico

    Betsy Croker, Ph.D.: Senate Committee on Agriculture

    Vincent J. Tepedino, Ph.D.: USDA

2005 Winners

  • Dale Bosworth, U.S. Forest Service

    Bruce Knight, USDA NRCS

    Ron Krystynak, Canadian Embassy

    Don Pedro Cahun Uh, Tihosuco

National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) - NAPPC Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award Winners

2010 Winners

  • Paul Kaiser, Singing Frogs Farm

    Paul Kaiser and Singing Frogs Farm are leading by example.  They have made a concerted commitment to providing safe pollinator habitat, are turning their consumers and other producers on to pollinators and pollinator conservation. Singing Frogs Farm is a certified Bee Friendly Farming™ (BFF) operation, signifying that the operation meets or exceeds minimum criteria for providing adequate habitat for bees and other pollinators and using bee-beneficial practices.  Farm tours and open houses hosted by Paul and his family continuously bring visitors onto his land and help to spread the word about the role that pollinators play in agriculture and the actions that are necessary to protect and support them. Thus, Singing Frogs Farm produces more than food – they grow consumer consciousness and environmental stewardship.

    Press Release for Paul Kaiser

2009

  • James Anthony "Tony" Thompson

2008

  • Chuck Hurd, Lister Acres

2007

  • Mike Omeg, Omeg Orchards

2006

  • John Keeley

NAPPC/WHC Pollinator Advocate Award Winners

2011

  • Frances Jansen, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

    Georgetown Site-Toyota of Georgetown were avid participants in National Pollinator Week. They showcased their 62 acres of land managed appropriately for pollinators by hosting a full week of educational pollinator-themed events for all ages.

2010

  • Lori Caso, Model City Facility

    Waste Management of Model City, New York planted their own pollinator garden on a Hazardous Waste Transfer Storage Disposal Facility. Along with hosting an open house to showcase the importance of pollinators to their local community, Waste Management is also engaging in citizen science through monitoring their garden for different pollinator species and working with local beekeepers. After seeing the success of the first pollinator garden, another was planted at a local nursing home.

    WHC Pollinator Friendly Practices Award PowerPoint

    Changing the Corporate Aesthetic PowerPoint

2009

  • Joseph W. Eades, Creve Coeur World Headquarters

    Monsanto Company’s Wildlife Habitat Committee has shown stewardship and foresight through actively managing ten acres at their headquarter site for native prairie habitat, including a “Native Wildflower Garden.” This prairie habitat includes many high nectar and pollen yielding forbs beneficial to pollinators.  They have also added “bee blocks” to provide nesting sites for bees, eradicated the invasive bush honeysuckle plant, and undertaken controlled burns in order to naturally encourage native plant diversity and overall prairie health. They have also undertaken monitoring of the area by conducting season surveys of insects, including pollinators and not applied any pesticides.

2008

  • Brad Eisenhart, Twin Bridges Landfill, Indiana

    Waste Management manages a 340 acre property, some of it situated on top of a landfill, as migration and breeding habitat for more than 20 endangered, threatened, special concern bird species. Through these practices, Waste Management has created beneficial pollinator habitat as well. The establishment of an apiary program in 2001 has served to enhance the ecological value of the site, and now produces more than 200 lbs of honey annually.  Eradication of invasive and re-establishment of native coastal plant species have contributed to considerable presence of pollinators on the site. Waste Management has also reached out to local schools who visit the site to learn about wildlife habitat and the importance of pollinators.

2007

  • Flint Creek Power Plant Southwestern Electric Power Company

    Gentry, Arkansas-Flint Creek Power plant manages 200 acres for pollinators, and works with local 4H clubs and grades schools to plant Paw Paws to attract Zebra Swallowtails, as well as monitor the insects seen.

2006

  • Jonesboro Rice Mill, Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc.

    Jonesboro, Arkansas- The Jonesboro Rice Mill manages 12 acres for pollinators.  They also introduced Monarch eggs to the site, along with a pollinator program for 2nd grade and preschool classes. During Pollinator Week, they educated the community by setting up display at the local post office to coincide with the release of the pollination stamp series.

2005

  • Freedom Plant, LaFarge North America, Inc.

    Lafarge manages 41 acres of wildlife habitat at their Freedom Plant site. Their habitat enhancement projects have reclaimed areas that were once mined but now consist of northern hardwood forests and emergent wetlands. These restoration projects have contributed greatly to the population of pollinators at the site.

2004

  • General Motors Corporation, Saginaw Malleable Iron Plant

2003

  • Monroeville Technical Center, PPG Industries, Inc.

Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal by The Garden Club of America

2011

  • The Pollinator Partnership (P2) was presented the prestigious Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal by The Garden Club of America at its annual awards ceremony on April 30 in Indianapolis, Indiana. P2 is the twenty-second recipient of this national medal, awarded for “outstanding achievement in environmental protection and the maintenance of the quality of life.”

    Learn more about the award here.

Paul J. Growald Pollinator Media Award Winners

2009

  • E.O. Wilson

    The first ever recipient of the Paul J. Growald Pollinator Media Award.